New York, 1960: For Benny Lament, music is his entire life. With his father’s deep ties to the mob, the Bronx piano man has learned that love and family can get you in trouble. So he keeps to himself, writing songs for other musicians, avoiding the spotlight…until the night his father brings him to see Esther Mine sing.
Esther is a petite powerhouse with a gorgeous voice. And when Benny writes a hit song and performs it with her, their collaboration thrusts the duo onto the national stage…and stirs up old issues and new scrutiny that the mob—and Benny—would rather avoid.
It would be easier to walk away. But the music and the woman are too hard for the piano man to resist. Benny’s songs and Esther’s vocals are an explosive combination, a sound that fans can’t get enough of. But though America might love the music they make together, some people aren’t ready for Benny Lament and Esther Mine on—or off—the stage.
This is a standalone novel.
As the youngest brother of the notorious Falcone clan, Adamo grew up surrounded by blood and violence. Drugs soon became his way of coping.
Becoming a Made Man like his brothers was his destiny but never his passion. When he becomes the organizer of his family’s successful illegal street races and one of their thrill-seeking drivers, he finally asserts his own path in the harsh mafia world.
His purpose isn’t the only thing Adamo discovers on the fuel-soaked roads he calls home…
Dinara Mikhailov is one of the few female race drivers and hard to ignore. Not only because of her flaming red hair and ruthless driving style, but also because the Bratva princess is allowed to drive in enemy territory.
Soon Adamo and she find themselves entangled in a passionate game that goes beyond the race track. Yet, both haunted by events of the past, their dark cravings put everything on the line.
As what they crave the most comes with a brutal price.
This is a standalone novel in the Camorra Chronicles series.
Series recommended reading order: Twisted Loyalties | Twisted Emotions | Twisted Pride | Twisted Bonds | Twisted Hearts | Twisted Cravings
When a bookworm on borrowed time meets a younger, free-spirited chicken farmer, sparks and feathers fly…
Harrison Phillip Fletcher, III isn’t supposed to be here. Not in Burlington, Vermont, not running Vino & Veritas, a quaint inclusive bookstore and wine bar, and definitely not still alive, at forty-two. Also not supposed to be here? An unexpected delivery of chickens.
Finn Barnes knows chickens. The burly organic farmer knows all about rare breed poultry, but dealing with a hot, older bookseller is an entirely different matter. City slicker types like Harrison never end up staying in Vermont for the long-term.
They should steer clear of each other. But the flare of attraction is mutual. And somehow amid book discussions and farm tours, they discover plenty in common. Now they’re stealing kisses in Finn’s barn, sneaking out like teens, and burning up the sheets.
What starts as a fling brings very real feelings for two lonely souls, but a future together seems as unlikely as chickens in a bookstore. Feathers may be flying, but learning to trust takes time neither may have. Can they take a leap of faith together before it’s too late?
This is a standalone novel in the all-new Vino and Veritas series, each book written by a different author but all set in a shared world.
Series recommended reading order: Featherbed | Heartscape by Garrett Leigh (22 Mar 2021) | Headstrong by Eden Finley (22 Mar 2021) | Undercover by Eliot Grayson (29 Mar 2021) | Aftermath by L.A. Witt (29 Mar 2021) | Booklover by J.E. Birk (29 Mar 2021) | Turnabout by Laurel Greer (10 May 2021) | Unguarded by Jay Hogan (10 May 2021) | Heartsong by A.E. Wasp (10 May 2021) | Insatiable by Rhys Everly (10 May 2021) | Daybreak by Kate Hawthorne (10 May 2021)
ENEMIES TO LOVERS + MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE
Marry a man I barely know to save my family from ruin.
It might’ve been simple, if my betrothed were anybody else.
On our wedding day, my husband-to-be arrived at the courthouse like a black cloud rolling over Manhattan. Walt didn’t crack smiles or pepper in pleasantries as we exchanged hollow vows in front of the judge.
His disdain for me was so palpable I assumed we’d walk out of that ceremony and resume our regularly scheduled programming. But then fate was like, Hold my beer. I got this.
In desperate need of help and with nowhere else to turn, I had no choice but to ignore a crucial rule in our contract: I shall only contact Mr. Jennings II in case of emergency. But hey, what’s a little fine print between husband and wife?
Turns out, Walt’s a stickler for legalese—I think it might be his love language. Oh, and his attitude at the courthouse wasn’t a put-on. My so-called husband is a jerk. He takes what he wants without giving any consideration to other people—specifically ME, his blushing, contractually-obligated bride!
I knew life with Walt would be no honeymoon, but a marriage of any sort should still come with a few standard guarantees:
To have and to hold.
For richer or poorer.
In sickness and in health.
But after experiencing Walt’s version of wedded bliss, I say let’s forget about all that lovey-dovey crap and just take me straight to death do us part.
This is a standalone novel.
I see myself as mature and responsible for a twenty-four-year-old—I have a steady job, a comfortable apartment, and eventually I’ll find the right guy to settle down with. Some might find this boring, but at least I know what I want. That is, until reconnecting with a childhood companion flips my preconceived notions upside down. Skylar was my first real friend—my first crush too—and twelve years later, he’s still the same gorgeous and charismatic free spirit. I’m easily sucked back into his orbit, my protests futile when it comes to his amusingly harebrained ideas. I can’t let myself fall for him, though, because I’m searching for forever and he only wants casual.
If you’re looking for a good time, I’m your guy. I love hookups, shaking my booty at the club, and having fun. I’ve seen how love can hurt and have mended too many broken hearts to risk my own.
Still, having Clark back in my life makes me feel grounded…and sort of mushy inside. It’s not only because his chunky glasses turn him into an adorably hot Clark Kent. It’s also how he makes me feel like I can be more. Which is why hooking up with him is a bad idea. But resisting him becomes impossible, and before I know it, each touch, kiss, and night spent together only makes me crave more.
We want different things, so there’s no way this will last. But Clark makes me consider breaking my rules and trying this boyfriend stuff for real. What’s a guy to do when his best friend steals the heart he’s afraid to give? I guess it comes down to potentially hurting him, or losing the only guy I’ve ever really wanted. Pretty wild, right?
This is a standalone novel in the Boys in Makeup series.
FAKE RELATIONSHIP + ROYAL ROMANCE
My job was to clean up his reputation and find him a wife.
It was supposed to be easy, but nothing about Prince Aramis was ever easy.
I was about to throw in the towel when he came up with a solution: I’d be his pretend girlfriend. Forget the fact that I was sort of seeing someone, or that I had no interest in joining the royal family. Once Aramis sets his eyes on something, there’s no use in fighting him on it, besides, in a way it would make my job a little easier.
I accept the offer but set boundaries. Boundaries that Aramis is intent on testing. Before either of us know what’s happening, the lines start to blur and I can no longer tell the difference between pretend and reality.
My job on the line is one thing, but losing my heart to Aramis was never in the cards.
This is a standalone novel.
College student West Millbrook is in financial dire straits since his overbearing parents refuse to support him when he moves away to study. His solution is working for the Polished P & P company which will also give him the freedom to be himself.
All he has to do is be an escort who sells his company, not his body. Easy, right?
It is until he meets Russian god Adrik Hail.
Wealthy businessman Adrik is lonely. His solution is to pay for no-strings-attached company. He doesn’t have time to waste impressing someone, nor does he want anyone to think they can weasel their way into his life. He’s a busy man who likes organization, and hiring someone from Polished means he’s the one in control.
Then adorable West walks through the door, changing everything. Now Adrik’s mind and body want more from the man, who is as sweet as he is kind. Adrik just needs to find a way of working out West.
This is the third book in the Polished P & P series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Wreck Me Forever | Never a Saint | Working Out West
Ben Kennedy is a rock star.
Whoever or whatever he wants, he can easily have with just a snap of his talented fingers. He’s rock royalty, a handsome prince with a court of beauties to command. To the outside world, the legendary life he leads seems charmed, but it’s not. Looks can be deceiving.
Sierra Marshall is a single mom. Every day is a challenge as the sole parent to her wonderful five-year-old son Dylan. She’s a busy professional. Her life is complete, only not exactly. Since she had her heart broken as a teenager, a big part of her is asleep. She learned a hard lesson. Now she does her dreaming and dancing alone.
His rock band is going out on tour, and she’s the new manager. His charmed world and her challenging one are about to clash.
He’s a wounded dark knight.
She’s a wronged princess with a broken crown.
Can she heal him?
Can he right her wrongs and repair her crown?
He has private pain. She has secret shame. Can true love conquer all?
This is a standalone novel, a modern-day retelling of Sleeping Beauty.
ENEMIES TO LOVERS
My name is Carter Trayland,
And I really screwed up.
I should’ve ended things before they began.
Instead, I wound up in a twisted love triangle,
One that I never wanted to be a part of.
The wrong choice sent my life on a whirlwind.
A woman I forced myself to love is dead.
My best friend was nearly blamed for her murder.
And the one I’ve always wanted, now wants revenge.
Her favorite person is gone, and she thinks it’s my fault.
I’m not about to correct her either.
Not when the reality is so much worse.
She can’t find out the truth of what happened.
Knowing would ruin her in ways I can’t fathom.
If blaming me is her way of coping, I’ll gladly carry that burden.
Because Tyeler Morgan is the one girl I’d protect at all costs.
This is the third book in the North Haven University series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Corrupt My Mind | Change My Game | Wreck My Plans | Waste My Time (10 Jun 2021)
SMALL TOWN + SPORTS ROMANCE
Bad boy football star. Innocent girl next door. Two different worlds. One small town. A million reasons why they should have stayed away from one another.
My life was mapped out for me before I even entered the world.
Who I’d date, where I’d attend college, what I’d be when I grew up.
But there was a time in everyone’s life when they’d face a fork in the road.
Should I go left, or should I go right?
It didn’t matter as long as I didn’t remain stagnant any longer.
Jett Stone opened me up to a whole new world.
Reminding me that it was okay to find my own way.
I could have roots in Willow Springs and still spread my wings and fly.
What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the broody football player.
The boy I’d known since kindergarten.
The boy who had somehow become my everything.
This is the first book in the all-new Willow Springs series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Frayed | Tangled (27 May 2021)
When a rough-edged bad boy takes on a straight-laced college professor, can they both win the fight of their life?
Reed Johnson grew up on the streets rough and ready with his fists to survive. These days, all his fighting now is done in the ring. With The Outlaw as his coach, he’s way more than a cowboy. That was enough for him, until he meets his new neighbor.
Harper Lane’s running from a dangerous past, but no matter how hard she tries, it follows. This time, she’s not alone. She runs right into the arms of Reed. She’s his now. His to protect. His to save. To do so, he’ll have to return to the life he’s left behind. But the brainy PhD is worth the fight and with her, he’ll be ready for anything. Even something he never thought he deserved. Love.
This is the second book in the More Than A Cowboy series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Strong and Steady | Rough and Ready
Right time. Right place. Right woman.
I was blowing off steam when a guys’ trip led to a hot fling.
She was exactly what I needed for our ten days together.
I said I’d never fall in love.
I said I’d never get attached.
We were never supposed to see each other again.
We were never supposed to be anything more.
But when she comes back into my life, I remind myself of one thing:
Wrong place. Wrong time. Wrong man.
This is the first book in the All Of Me duet.
Series reading order: All I Want | All I Need (11 Apr 2021)
Pleasure has never been so deadly.
Rose Cassidy doesn’t truly live; she just exists. Numbing herself to fear and pain is the only way she can survive in this cruel world. So when she’s taken as collateral by the notorious Danny Black in a deadly game of power, she’s thrown by the deep fear she feels rising within her. And, worse than fear, a profound desire. She’s heard tales of The Brit. He’s callous. Coldblooded. But no one ever said he was wickedly beautiful and darkly captivating. He sees past her mask, giving her a cruel sense of hope. But she must fight their twisted attraction or risk losing the one thing she survives for.
When Danny Black took an enemy’s beautiful lover as security, he never anticipated the repercussions. Or the warped attraction they would share. Rose Cassidy pushes Danny to the brink of madness with her impenetrable façade and savage allure. He has to remind himself that she’s bait. A solution to a problem. Yet she evokes powerful feelings in Danny, and feelings are risky when you’re wanted dead by endless enemies.
The most dangerous game is about to be played.
But can either of them win?
This is a standalone novel.
MODERN FAIRYTALE RETELLING
Sometimes, the journey is the love story.
On the night of his high school graduation, Ripley Van Winkle—local quarterback, prom king and all-around big man on campus—swan dives off the top of the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse. . . and lands on jagged pile of rocks. Suffering massive brain trauma, Rip isn’t expected to live, but he somehow manages to beat the odds: most of his physical injuries heal, though he remains in a deep coma for the next twenty years.
When Rip awakens two decades later, he will need to relearn his body’s most basic functions, in addition to catching up on twenty years’ worth of history, progress and change.
Something called the “internet” has the answer to every question you could ever dream of asking, and people are reliant on mobile telephones smaller than a Walkman. His high school girlfriend is married with children, and he has an eighteen-year-old sister who was born while he was “sleeping.”
As Rip struggles to find his place in this strange, new world, one presence in his life will become both a beacon and guide: his childhood friend, Katrina Van Tassel. But Trina has a challenging adult life of her own, and there’s no guarantee she has space in her life (or her heart) for her one-time high school crush . . . Rip Van Winkle.
This is a standalone novel inspired by Rip Van Winkle, part of the A Modern Fairytale collection.
Other books in collection: The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) | Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) | Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) | Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) | Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) | Shear Heaven (Rapunzel) | At First Sight (Aladdin) | Love is Never Lost (Rip Van Winkle)
Even with a step-by-step plan, these fake fiancés might accidentally fall for each other…
Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiancé.
Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…
Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.
This is a standalone novel.
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